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Cricket: Jayawardene takes over Sri Lanka's run hunt

Mahela Jayawardene slammed an unbeaten 83 as Sri Lanka continued their relentless progress in the first Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday. The tourists moved to 463-5 by lunch on the third day, gaining a massive lead of 231 over Bangladesh's first innings total of 232 and with five wickets in hand. Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's leading run-getter in Tests with 11,116 runs, was approaching his 33rd century with a typically elegant innings that has so far contained six boundaries and two sixes.

Cricket: Silva's maiden ton puts Sri Lanka in command

Opener Kaushal Silva hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375-5 by stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, a lead of 143 over Bangladesh's first innings total of 232 with five wickets in hand. The right-hander put on 118 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then teamed up with veteran Kumar Sangakkara (75) to add a further 155 runs for the second wicket.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 375-5 in reply to Bangladesh's 232

Sri Lanka, replying to Bangladesh's first innings total of 232, were 375-5 at stumps on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday. Kaushal Silva hit 139, his maiden Test century, Kumar Sangakkara made 75 and Dimuth Karunaratne scored 53. Mahela Jayawardene was unbeaten on 42 as Sri Lanka ended the day with a lead of 143 runs with five wickets in hand. str-kl/sm

Cricket: Silva's maiden ton puts Sri Lanka in command

Opener Kaushal Silva hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375-5 by stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, a lead of 143 over Bangladesh's first innings total of 232 with five wickets in hand. The right-hander put on 118 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then teamed up with veteran Kumar Sangakkara (75) to add a further 155 runs for the second wicket.

Cricket: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in third Test

Pakistan pulled off a thrilling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday, levelling the series at 1-1. Pakistan were set a daunting target of 302 in 59 overs on the fifth and final day, but they chased it down as if playing Twenty20 cricket, with Azhar Ali (103) and Sarfraz Ahmed (48) sharing a rapid 89-run fourth wicket stand. Ali also shared an unbroken 109-run stand for the fifth wicket with Misbah-ul-Haq, who made 68 not out and went on to take the winning single with nine balls to spare.

Cricket: Pakistan push Sri Lanka hard for series-levelling win

Pakistan grabbed the prized wicket of Mahela Jayawardene to press their advantage for a series-levelling win over Sri Lanka in the third Test in Sharjah on Sunday. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal removed Jayawardene for 46 near stumps on the fourth day after an exciting tussle between the bat and ball as Sri Lanka finished at 133-5. They now lead by 220 runs with five wickets in hand and a full day's play to retain their 1-0 lead. They won the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets after the first ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

Cricket: Pakistan push Sri Lanka hard for series-levelling win

Pakistan grabbed the prized wicket of Mahela Jayawardene to press their advantage for a series-levelling win over Sri Lanka in the third Test in Sharjah on Sunday. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal removed Jayawardene for 46 near stumps on the fourth day after an exciting tussle between the bat and ball as Sri Lanka finished at 133-5. They now lead by 220 runs with five wickets in hand and a full day's play to retain their 1-0 lead. They won the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets after the first ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

Cricket: Rehman's doube strikes push Sri Lanka hard

Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman took two wickets to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 88-3 at tea on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday. Rehman dismissed Kumar Sangakkara (eight) and opener Kaushal Silva (36) in an incisive spell on a Sharjah stadium pitch which still does not offer sharp spin, against all expectations. At the break Mahela Jayawardene (23) and Dinesh Chandimal (13) were at the crease with Sri Lanka enjoying an overall lead of 175 runs with seven wickets intact.

Cricket: Sri Lanka 19-1 at lunch after Pakistan's 341

Sri Lanka reached 19-1 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Sunday. At the break, opener Kaushal Silva was unbeaten on six and Kumar Sangakkara was five not out but they lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne for eight as Sri Lanka had an overall lead of 106 runs. Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 341 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 87 over Sri Lanka's first innings total of 428-9 declared. Skipper Misbah-ul Haq made 63.

Cricket: Pakistan 85-0 in reply to Sri Lanka's 428-9

Pakistan progressed to 85-0 at lunch on the third day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Saturday. Khurram Manzoor was unbeaten on 41 and Ahmed Shehzad was batting on 42 as Pakistan still need another 143 more runs to avoid follow-on after Sri Lanka made 428-9 declared in their first innings. Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets. The first Test ended as a draw in Abu Dhabi. sh/pdh
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